Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles
Mainstream, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 1648 pages
This is a unique work filled with passion and violence, with humanity and inhumanity. It is the story of Northern Ireland troubles told as never before; it is not concerned with the political bickering buth with the lives of those who have suffered and deaths which have resulted from more than three decades of conflict.
The authors - four of them Belfast-born and the fifth an American - are journalists and historians. For over a decade, they have examined every single death that was directly caused by the troubles. Their research has seen them interview witnessess, scour published material and draw on a huge range of investigative sources to produce a work of epic proportions. Never before has conflict anywhere in the world been subjected to such meticulous scrutiny.
Lost Lives traces the origins of the conflict from the firing of the first shots, through the carnage of the 1970s and 1980s to the republican and loyalist ceasefires and beyond. All the casualties are here: the RUC officer, the young soldier, the IRA volunteer, the loyalist paramilitary, the Catholic mother, the Protestant worker, the newborn baby. Each account is impossible to ignore.
As a reference book, Lost Lives is indispensable; as a landscape of history painted in fine detail it is unique. For anyone interested in Northern Ireland - or in the human cost of conflict everywhere - this is destined to be the defining work.
What people are saying - Write a review
Lost lives: the stories of the men, women, and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troublesUser Review - Book Verdict
McKittrick (Through the Minefield, LJ 2/15/00) and his coauthors are all experienced journalists of the North Ireland beat. This book is a 1600-page obituary, cataloging each life lost during "the Troubles," a huge undertaking whose results have garnered accolades in the U.K. and Ireland. The 3,638 deaths from 1966 to 2000 are chronologically numbered and indexed. Each entry includes the name, number, date of death, county of habitation, marital status, age, religion, occupation, and where appropriate affiliation (IRA, UVF, UDF, British Army, etc.). Assembled from official casualty lists, newspaper accounts, secondary sources, conversations, privately published pamphlets, and the authors' own notes, entries range from a few lines to virtual chapters. West Belfast is the deadliest neighborhood, and the IRA is responsible for almost half the deaths, though a sizable minority of the victims dies from their own blunders, e.g., premature bomb detonation. Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, this book tallies the human cost of "the Troubles" in one place. To say that the book is sad or numbing would be an understatement. It belongs in every public and academic library.-Robert C. Moore, Raytheon, Sudbury, MA
Review: Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland TroublesUser Review - Goodreads
Dispassionate, meticulous account of the Troubles, death by death. Unemotional, non-judgmental, yet full of sorrow.